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WHAT CAN BEAT THE HEAT

Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Feb 9 2012 @ 4:12 pm In Miami Heat | No Comments

As good as the Miami Heat are, they are far from unbeatable.  Some of the same weaknesses that plagued the team last year still rear their ugly head from time to time.  A tough, pesky defensive team like the Milwaukee Bucks for instance, gives Miami all kinds of problems.  Teams that can shoot the 3 ball at a high rate cause problems as well.  Of course, the 3-pt shot has been referred to as the great equalizer and it is certainly that.  It can catapult a team over a superior opponent, although it’s usually only good for a game, not an extended playoff series.  If a team has a dominant big man, like say Dwight Howard, the Heat have problems shutting that guy down on offense and keeping him off the glass.  The Orlando Magic have two of the three weakness listed and it propelled them to a 102-89 victory on Wednesday night.

The Heat also suffer from some self inflicted wounds during games.  Miami will have a great quarter, like the second against the Magic when Wade hit 9 consecutive shots, helping the team outscore Orlando 32-27.  Then they come out in the third quarter and lay the proverbial egg, getting beat down 24-11.  The whole team played poorly during that third, but LeBron was especially ineffective, not scoring in the second half until there was less than three minutes left in the game.  Miami played from behind for pretty much the entire game.  Between Howard’s 25pt, 24reb performance, and the Magic’s 17-42 from 3pt land, the Heat were doomed.

So now Miami does have a real concern.  They are 2-11 in their last thirteen games in Orlando, a team they very well might see in the playoffs.  The Heat are 0-2 this year against Milwaukee, another team they might have to face in a playoff series.  Both teams can shoot the 3.  The Bucks have always played good, aggressive defense under Coach Scott Skiles.  The Magic have the best big man in the NBA in Dwight Howard.  And for all the talk of Dwight being traded, the longer he stays in Orlando, the more focused he will be on winning a championship right now, then just let the future sort itself out.  Most of the talk surrounding the Eastern Conference has been about Miami and the Chicago Bulls, but make no mistake, both Milwaukee and Orlando are very dangerous match-ups for the Heat.  Head Coach Eric Spoelstra has got to find some answers.

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